Protecting Your Privacy in a Mixed Public/Private Community
In just under 3 weeks, on April 24th, LAM will be transitioned to a mixed public/private community, expanding public (non-registered) access from just the main page, to include the general discussion forum, and any other user content or group that is otherwise not set to less than "Anyone" visibility, this includes your profile/my-page, blog posts, photos, videos, and calendar events. You will need to make changes to your privacy settings between now and April 24th to adjust the visibility of your profile or content if you would like them to remain private. This is a pretty straight forward process and a tutorial has been created to guide you through this HERE.
Photos, Videos, Blogs and Events
If you have uploaded any photos, linked personal videos, or blog post that you'd like to remain unavailable to public eyes, these will each need to be reviewed and visibility changed by clicking the "Options" button above your blog post, photo, video or calendar event and then clicking the corresponding post "Edit" button (not "Edit Tags"), and then changing the visibility to either "Just Friends" or "Just Me". Click thumbnail left for example. Blogs have similar options at bottom when in Edit mode.
Several private groups/sub-forums will continue to be private on the site for anyone leery of posting their story or sharing in the general forum. These groups can be found under either the Forum menu by clicking "Member Only Forums" or under the Groups menu by clicking "Private Groups". These groups require approval to join and read. If you have previously shared any posts in the General Forum or Exit Stories that you don't want red or indexed for public viewing, you may delete or edit them as necessary (click the "Options" button above any thread you started, or the X next to any replies/comments). You can easily find and review all of your posts/comments from your My-Page below your avatar/alias on the left. If you currently run a group that you want changed to private status, you'll have to start a new group (with Moderated Membership) and invite group members to join it and move any content that you want to keep before deleting your old group.
Live Chat and Aliases
The Chat room will continue to be private and viewable to registered members only. Profile pages, photos, member listings, groups and related subdirectories have been flagged to not be indexed by web crawlers for search engines, but links to those pages may still be indexed as found in other public areas (such as when you reply to a post in the forum, or update a status in the activity feed). As such, if privacy is a concern for you, it is suggested that you use an unidentifiable Alias and Avatar, and review your profile sub-folder listing to change it to either match your new alias, or some obscure name unrelated to your alias. Both can be reviewed or changed from the My Page menu under Profile Settings or My Page Settings respectively (see thumbnail right).
Why the Change
This direction should allow LAM to be more accessible to those investigating Life After Mormonism, such that they can lurk or preview much of the community and be helped whether they decide to join or not. Also, allowing search engines to index more than just the main page will increase traffic and exposure to the community making it easier for our community to be found by those needing it.
Questions or Concerns?
Please voice any questions or concerns in a reply to this thread, or via private message to anyone on the Administrative team.
Very good and respectful of individual privacy!
Is there a way to make my content visible only to members, such as when I post to a discussion?
Under the general forum, all posts and replies will be viewable to both members and unregistered visitors. There isn't a away to restrict general forum posts or replies to just members. However, you can respond or post in the private groups to keep your posts to just members, or post blogs that are only viewable to "Just Friends", those you add or who add you as a friend, and those will also not be publicly viewable. I hope this answers your question and provides some alternatives to explore.